In 2018, as a part of EEM’s ongoing commitment to investment in people; we launched approached the East Midlands Chamber to recruit a Projects and Administration Apprentice to join the business to support Louisa Payne in the Projects Team.
We sifted through numerous applications, with the support of the Chamber, and we recruited Roxy Kern for the role, confident that she would be a perfect fit for the Projects Team.
Roxy has worked hard to support Louisa over the course of a year and in this time she has been able to complete all of the units of the apprenticeship to achieve her Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration and has since been promoted to a permanent Projects Officer.
During her apprenticeship, Roxy used her own initiative to design and implement data management tools such as a structured log for recording and monitoring enquiries and a document for recording contracts, including the development of standardised codes to enable entries to be easily searched for.
Roxy has also worked hard to standardise the team’s approach to planned meetings by creating standard agenda templates and information sheets for each meeting type. These initiatives have reduced preparation time and have made meetings more efficient whilst enhancing the professional image of the business.
Roxy has shown enthusiasm to establish herself as someone who can take initiative and work independently to add value to the team and the business. She now manages her own meetings and workload, delivering strong measurable outcomes and providing a robust service to EEM members.
Roxy says “My apprenticeship allowed me to tune my skill set to that required as a Projects Officer as well as gain a comprehensive knowledge of business and the multiple industries I support, all at a pace suited to me. I was delighted to be given a chance to change my career to one with better prospects last April. I have been given great support by the team and my mentor, Louisa, and I really look forward to the future.”
Apprentice of the Year Finalist – Derbyshire Business Awards
In June 2019 Roxy was selected as an Apprentice of the Year finalist at the East Midlands Chamber Derbyshire Business Awards 2019. Alongside Roxy, another EEM apprentice who has now also successfully completed his qualification, Kulraj Singh Johal, has been shortlisted for the same award. The whole EEM team will be at the Gala Dinner in September 2019 to find out who is the overall winner. We would like to congratulate both Roxy and Kulraj and wish them the best of luck for September.